In a difficult economy, generations often find themselves pitted against each other for scarce resources, including jobs. But there is a new twist to this theme today. In recent years, the U.S.government has justified age discrimination as a way of increasing “diversity” in federal hiring.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2010 that permits the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to bypass older workers and hire “recent graduates.” The regulations went into effect on July 10, 2012.
Obama said he wanted to remove “barriers” in hiring younger workers caused by civil service regulations and “to achieve a workforce that represents all segments of society.” Obama wants to “infuse” the federal government with the “enthusiasm, talents and unique perspective” of young people.
More recently, Obama’s Labor Secretary, Thomas E. Perez, publicly endorsed a private initiative by some of America’s leading corporations to blatantly violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by hiring 100,000 disadvantaged inner city residents between the ages of 16 and 24 for full-time and part-time jobs.
There are so many reasons why Obama’s “winners and losers” plan to boost diversity is just plain wrong.
Obama’s strategy is counter intuitive. Discrimination cannot be contained in neat little categories. Age discrimination builds on race and sex discrimination. This is why women, especially minority women, are the most prone to poverty in their old age. Obama’s approach simply kicks the can down the road. Continue reading “Obama’s Misguided Plan to Boost Diversity Through Age Discrimination”